Xavier Dolan, Philippe Falardeau films get green light from SODEC

Xavier Dolan’s next French-language film, Matt et Max, is one of 12 upcoming features to receive support from the Société des entreprises culturelles (SODEC), alongside new movies from Philippe Falardeau, Anne Émond and animator Theodore Ty.

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Actor and director Xavier Dolan, seen in an October 2017 file photo, will receive support from SODEC for Matt et Max - ANDREW MEDICHINI / THE CANADIAN PRESS

Xavier Dolan’s next French-language film, Matt et Max, is one of 12 upcoming features to receive support from the Société des entreprises culturelles (SODEC), alongside new movies from Philippe Falardeau, Anne Émond and animator Theodore Ty.

The Quebec film funding agency has given the green light to Dolan’s project about two childhood friends who come to a crossroads in their relationship after an unexpected kiss. Written and directed by Dolan, Matt et Max follows the filmmaker’s highly anticipated — and much delayed — English-language debut The Death and Life of John F. Donovan, which made headlines in February when Dolan announced he was cutting Jessica Chastain’s character from the film.

The rest of the cast includes Kit Harington, Natalie Portman, Susan Sarandon, Kathy Bates and Thandie Newton. Originally predicted to première at Cannes, the movie is now expected to be unveiled in late-summer at either the Venice or Toronto film festivals.

(On a side note, Dolan has been busy on Twitter recently, gushing over two of the week’s biggest viral music videos: Céline Dion’s riotous Deadpool 2 soundtrack highlight Ashes; and Childish Gambino’s This Is America.)

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